IS A PROFIT WITHOUT HONOR?
Should businesses use religion to increase profits? This report suggests it's happening. Where would you draw the line?
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GOD'S BLACK HOLES?
I used to write a lot about science. I have always been especially engaged by cosmology -- the big picture -- and subatomic physics -- the very tiny picture.
But today I'm making an exception because the news about black holes from Case Western Reserve University makes me marvel again at the incredible mysteries of the universe. I wish it were possible to make a case for God's existence that no one would dispute simply by looking at the cosmos, but that almost certainly would box in God in inappropriate ways.
Still, to me at least, the patterns and cycles, the order and complexity of it all speaks of something larger than the human mind can imagine.
Case Western Reserve physicists have been studying the phenomenon of black holes and have concluded, as the press release says, that there is "nothing there." That is, some black holes may have been created at the start of time but they simply cannot be created now "because the black hole evaporates before anything is seen to fall in," says one of the scientists. Masses on the edge of what appear to be black-holes-in-proccess-of-formation never cross what is called the "event horizon," so black holes don't really get created.
Well, all this is far beyond my meager scientific background, but I still am in love with the idea that all kinds of otherwise-rational people spend their careers looking at such mysteries and trying to make sense of them all.
Maybe black holes "aren't," but our minds "are," and I believe God gave them to us partly to try to appreciate the art that is the cosmos.
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